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Crime Scene: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Man robs Bethesda bank

Montgomery County police are investigating a bank robbery that took place on Bethesda's busy Wisconsin Avenue on Friday afternoon.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery  
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Fairfax City man found not guilty in rape case

A Fairfax County Circuit Court jury Thursday found a Fairfax City man not guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in his home. Hugo Alfredo Rivera-Maravilla, 28, was arrested in April after the girl reported that she had attended a party...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cleaver-wielding cook gets one-year sentence, may face deportation

Yuan Jun Li, who pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court in November toattacking a fellow cook with a meat cleaver in April 2009, received a one-year sentence on Friday. "We are very pleased with the sentence," said Li’s lawyer,...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dan Morse, From the Courthouse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Former Howard County man pleads guilty to $950,000 wire fraud

Federal prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty wire fraud in plot to defraud a client of $950,000. Fifty-two-year-old Wilkins McNair, formerly of Ellicott City, entered the plea Friday. He will be sentenced March 5....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Howard  
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Men killed by truck in Va. as they work to help accident victims: Police

A father and son were killed after they pulled their minivan to the side of the road to help injured passengers from another car accident, according to the Virginia State Police. They were killed at about 1 a.m. Friday in...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 5, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police looking for Silver Spring woman

Montgomery County police are hoping the public can help in the search for a missing Silver Spring woman. Sibion Grant, 37, of the 400 block of Waterford Drive was last seen at her home Jan. 21, after having an argument...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery, The Region  
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Kristin Ruddy honored as Vienna officer of the year

Vienna police officer Kristin Ruddy was honored as officer of the year by American Legion Post 180 at a Wednesday banquet. Ruddy, a three-year veteran of the Vienna department, works as a patrol officer, woman's self defense instructor and bicycle...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Fairfax  
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Call about car break-in helps catch Vienna credit card theft suspect

A woman's decision to call police when she spotted men breaking her car window -- and then follow them when they left -- led to the arrest of a man who was charged with credit card theft and fraud in...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Fairfax  
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Herndon man in hospital after police shooting

A Herndon man shot by Fairfax County police early Friday after brandishing a gun at them is hospitalized with life-threatening wounds, police said. The shooting occurred at a house in the 2500 block of Fallon Drive, just west of the...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Police Shootings, Tom Jackman  
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Child abuse charges filed against retired Frederick priest

Frederick County authorities have filed child abuse charges against a retired Catholic priest for alleged offenses against an altar boy in 1976. Seventy-three-year-old Monsignor Thomas Bevan, of Cascade, was released on $25,000 bail Thursday. He was indicted on two counts...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Federal judge in Va. dismisses conviction against neo-Nazi

A federal judge in Virginia has dismissed one of four convictions against neo-Nazi leader William White. U.S. District Judge James Turk cited a lack of evidence in dismissing a jury determination in December that the white supremacist had threatened Canadian...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Cleaver-wielding cook's sentencing scheduled for Friday in Md.

In the annals of violence, certain weapons -- maul, shovel, machete, hammer -- grab your attention. Yuan Jun Li, 49, is set to be sentenced today for stabbing his kitchen co-worker in the back with a meat cleaver....

By Dan Morse  | February 5, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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In Annapolis, snow removal equipment stolen ahead of storm

Talk about bad timing. Recreation and Parks Department officials in Maryland's capital say part of snow removal equipment has been stolen, just as a monster storm is bearing down on the region....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel  
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Iraqi officers in Baltimore as part of U.S. policing tour

The streets of Baltimore are sometimes compared to a war zone. Some Iraqi police officers are getting a chance this week to find out if that's accurate. Baltimore police are hosting a delegation of senior Iraqi National Police officials. They're...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Baltimore  
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Driver used mannequin to beat HOV rules, police say

It seems like a great idea -- until you get caught: An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious this week when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The problem: The sky was overcast. When...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 5, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Man convicted in fatal Wheaton slashing

A 21-year-old man has been convicted of murder and other charges in a July 2009 slaying in Wheaton, officials said. Jose Vasquez, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 19 in Montgomery County Circuit Court, faces a maximum sentence...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Maryland, Montgomery  
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Grand jury slims down motorcycle club indictment

A federal grand jury in Charleston, W. Va., has issued a slimmed down racketeering indictment against the Pagans Motorcycle Club. The document unsealed Thursday adds some charges, including arson, and a new defendant from New Jersey. Overall the case has...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, Maryland, Updates  
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Police seek clues in slaying of Virginia Tech student

Virginia State Police on Thursday made a public appeal for help in their search for the killer of Morgan Harrington, 20, a Virginia Tech student whose body was found Jan. 26 on a farm in southern Albemarle County. Harrington was...

By Maria Glod  | February 4, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Woman accused of slashing open pregnant woman indicted on attempted murder charge

A Suitland woman, who in December allegedly slashed open the abdomen of a pregnant homeless woman in an attempt to steal her baby, has been indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury on charges of attempted murder and...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland, Offbeat, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda, The Region  
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D.C. police investigating Southeast man's death as homicide

UPDATE: D.C. police have identified the victim as Todd Angelo Jackson, 28, of the 1300 block of Alabama Ave. SE. The death is being investigated as a homicide, police said, but the exact cause of death is pending. ORIGINAL POST:...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 4, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Man arrested in Montgomery hotel robberies

A Montgomery Village man was arrested Wednesday after officers who had stopped to help a motorist with a broken-down vehicle determined that the car matched the description of a vehicle used in two recent hotel robberies. Johnnie A. Duvall, 45,...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery  
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Lanier on snowball cop: 'Investigation is complete'

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the internal investigation into the detective who pulled his weapon during a snowball fight last month was "complete" but she had not yet seen the results. Speaking with WTOP reporter Mark Segraves...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 4, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Northwest D.C. van raid nets marijuana, cash

Federal agents seized more than 50 pounds of marijuana Tuesday in a van parked in a Northwest Washington garage, authorities said. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided two vans in a garage in the 6100 block...

By Del Wilber  | February 4, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, Narcotics, The District  
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Trial of man accused of neglecting disabled men in Frederick postponed

A trial for a former caregiver charged with leaving three blind, deaf and developmentally disabled men locked in a car has been postponed. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Fleming, of Fairfield, Pa., was scheduled to go to trial Thursday in Frederick County District...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Prosecutors: New charges against former Graham aide Ted Loza likely

A grand jury is likely to return more charges against Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in the next few weeks, federal prosecutors disclosed in court Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney John...

By Del Wilber  | February 4, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District, Updates  
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'Magnum, P.I.' director convicted of theft in Va.

An English baron and former television director has been convicted of petit larceny in connection with the theft of items from an antique store, but he won’t serve any jail time. Raymond DeVere-Austin, of Albemarle County, was convicted of taking...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Celebrities, Virginia  
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Man calls police when his robbery goes bad

Not the best judgement, perhaps: A man who was busy robbing his elderly victim Saturday became so upset when a bystander tried to break up the crime by punching him in the face that he called police to report an...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 4, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Two men sought in armed robbery

About 9 p.m., officers responded to Flower Hill Way and Blue Violet Lane for a reported armed robbery. Police said a man approached a woman as she was walking home from a bus stop, displayed a handgun and took her...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 3, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery  
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A rocket and a sled don't mix

A man in Independence Township, Mich., thought it would be a good idea to strap a home-made rocket to his sled at a sledding party at his house. But the sled exploded. The Detroit Free Press has the story....

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Missing Silver Spring woman found

Update, 12:08 p.m.: Judith Anne Sternburg has been found unharmed, police say. Original post: Montgomery County police are asking the public’s help in finding a missing Silver Spring woman. Judith Anne Sternburg, 71, of the 1400 block of Highland Drive...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 3, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Montgomery  
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Missing Rockville woman found unharmed

Update, 11 a.m., 2/3/10: Ana Carolina Castillo was located unharmed Tuesday night in Gaithersburg. Original post: Montgomery County police detectives are asking the public for help in finding a missing Rockville woman. Ana Carolina Castillo, 18, of the 10200...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery, Unsolved  
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Fuel spill clears D.C. police station

A District police station in Northwest was temporarily evacuated Wednesday morning after a fuel spill sent fumes into the station, officials said. Fire officials responded to a fuel leak about 8:30 a.m. at the gas pumps of the Second District...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 3, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The District  
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Ye Gon still isn't gone

The Justice Department's case against Zhenli Ye Gon, a Chinese-born Mexican millionaire accused of being a major methamphetamine trafficker, dissolved in federal court last year. So what's he still doing in a D.C.-area jail? The Mexican government wants him extradited...

By Del Wilber  | February 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse  
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Human resource director accused of stealing from Council on Aging

A 58-year-old Clinton woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from her employer, the National Council on Aging, prosecutors allege in court papers. Wanda Johnson was charged in a "criminal information," a document that signals a plea deal...

By Del Wilber  | February 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse  
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Pr. George's firefighters rescue two in separate incidents

Battling steep, snowy terrain and frigid — albeit shallow — waters, Prince George’s County firefighters rescued two people who otherwise could not get to safety in separate incidents Monday night and Tuesday morning. Each rescue was dramatic. The first began...

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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The 'runners' in Virginia's identity theft ring

Police are still trying to crack the case of the identity theft ring that has targeted Northern and Central Virginia -- and reached as far as Spain. The savvy thieves recently stole about $8,500 in checks from three women after...

By Allison Klein  | February 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alexandria, Allison Klein  
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Mother, son found slain in Prince William County

Prince William County police are investigating the double homicide of a 41-year-old mother and her 8-year-old son, who were found dead shortly after 11 p.m. on Feb. 1. Slavka P. Naydenova and her son, Paul A. Wilson, were found in...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 2, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide, Pr. William, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Unsolved, Virginia  
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Did Cuccinelli break a rule in his Fairfax appearance after all?

A story in Monday's Washington Post reported that newly sworn Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II tried a case in Fairfax juvenile and domestic relations court last week, which "did not violate any state laws or rules." But some astute readers have pointed out that that may not be true. The rules of professional conduct of the Virginia State Bar appear to specifically prohibit such work by a government lawyer.

By Tom Jackman  | February 2, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Politics, Tom Jackman, Updates, Virginia  
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Guilty verdict in judge-stalking case

A D.C. Superior court jury found a District woman guilty Tuesday of stalking a magistrate judge. Taylar Nuevelle, 40, was convicted of stalking Judge Janet Albert after the two broke off a year-long relationship in 2008. Nuevelle also was convicted...

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Pr. George's firefighters hurt battling blaze

Two Prince George’s County firefighters were injured Monday battling a blaze that damaged several lockers at a Landover Hills storage facility, authorities said. The men, both 26, sustained lacerations to their hands battling the blaze that ripped through 7 to...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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D.C., Md. may share sensitive crime data

The District is seeking a blanket court order to share information on juvenile suspects with neighboring Maryland, a move that has been hampered by federal privacy rules governing police and court records but that could also raise civil rights concerns....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime Statistics, Juvenile Justice, Maryland, The District, The Region  
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Fairfax teacher accused of molesting girl, 12

A physical education teacher at a Fairfax County elementary school has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, Fairfax police said Monday. Police said the incident occurred on Jan. 12 at Center Ridge Elementary School, 14400 New Braddock Road in the Centreville area. The girl was part of a group of students who were helping clean the gym toward the end of the school day, Officer Tawny Wright said.

By Tom Jackman  | February 1, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman  
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Jurors begin deliberations in case of judge-stalking

Jurors in the burglary and stalking case involving a D.C. Superior Court Magistrate judge and her former girlfriend will begin their deliberations Monday afternoon after attorneys in the sensational case finished their closing arguments in the morning. Jurors will decide...

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Machen's nomination for U.S. Attorney clears first hurdle

President Obama's nomination to be D.C.'s top federal prosecutor has cleared its first hurdle. The office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said Friday that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Ronald Machen for U.S. Attorney for...

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, The District, Updates  
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Dog (accidentally) shoots her owner

The Fresno Bee has a story about a hunter getting quite a surprise when his dog, um, accidentally, fired a shotgun at him. The dog and owner are fine. Click here for the Bee's story....

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Offbeat  
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Appellate court upholds conviction of former Prince George's County police officer

A Maryland appeals court upheld the conviction of a former Prince George's County police officer who fatally shot one furniture deliveryman and wounded another in 2007. Keith A. Washington, 48, also a former high-ranking county homeland security official, was convicted...

By Maria Glod  | February 1, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Pr. George's, Updates  
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Fairfax County fire victim identified

Armes H. Hendela, 90, of the 5600 block of Heming Avenue in Fairfax County was one of two people who died in a two-alarm blaze at his home last month, officials said today. Hendela and a second male victim, who...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 1, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Virginia  
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Another look at Prince George's Community College police academy troubles

Accreditation is not much of a grabber word but it caught the interest of some readers who, after seeing a story Tuesday about ongoing problems at the police academy operated by Prince George's Community College, followed up with The Post...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 1, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Post, Mary Pat Flaherty, Pr. George's, Reader Questions  
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